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StackOverflow: JavaScript/HTML/C#/ASP.NET MVC

English Language: I love languages and have studied enough English and Latin to almost always be wrong.


Oct
27
comment A word that means suffering great loss if failed but highly profitable if successful?
High-stakes was the first thing that came to mind for me.
Oct
15
comment What's the difference between 'addictive' and 'addicting'?
I can remember hearing "addicting" as an adjective in grade school here in the US some 25-30 years ago. It bothered me then but I've gotten used to it over the years and have even caught myself using it a time or two.
Oct
13
comment When and where did “spanking” begin to be used as an adjective?
Your example "brand spanking new" is the only use of "spanking" as an adjective that sounds right to my American ears.
Sep
26
comment Is it still an “ice cream cone” if it doesn't have ice cream?
I haven't played baseball in years and have never played tennis, but I wear a baseball cap and tennis shoes almost every day.
Sep
26
comment What is the grammatical name and function of “prize”?
@FumbleFingers thanks for the link. I didn't know that site existed.
Sep
26
comment Is it grammatical to say “the batmen”?
The Watchmen are definitely superheroes and the members of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen arguably are as well. Coincidentally, both were written by Alan Moore.
Sep
26
comment What is the grammatical name and function of “prize”?
Well put, @FumbleFingers. This should be an answer, not a comment.
Sep
25
comment What part of speech is “telling” in “that would be telling”?
I agree that in the longer sentence "telling" is a gerund. But in practice, "telling" is often used as an adjective, even with modifying adverbs. Merriam-Webster's examples include "The most telling moment in the case was when the victim took the stand." I have a hard time seeing how that could be a gerund. What am I missing?
Sep
25
comment Word for “things which exist”
This is a very good answer.
Dec
27
comment Alternatives for “layperson”
@IQAndreas that's a hell of a claim. While I don't happen to object to "layman" I do consider myself a feminist and I can only imagine plenty of other users here do, too. I'm not trolling, just giving you a heads up.
Dec
27
comment Is there a word for “air can pass through it”?
A creative answer.